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New Job! STFC Astronomer

Life has been a little busy recently. The biggest news is that I now have a part time job at the Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG)!

My new badge, for the role of STFC Astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich

My new badge, for the role of STFC Astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich

My role is called “STFC Astronomer”, and I will be presenting Study Day “Masterclasses” to secondary school groups, and planetarium shows to both school groups and the public at the ROG. This is to do alongside my PhD, so it is for one (short) day a week, either 5 hours or 3.5 hours long, depending on the programme for that day, and only during term-time.

I have done one induction/training day and one normal day so far, and it’s been great. I know a little about how the organisation works because I volunteered there for two summers during my undergraduate degree, so it’s been lovely to see the astronomy team again, meet the new members and learn about where I will fit into the department. I have also been able to see how much I have grown as a science communicator since then; my time at the National Space Centre allowed me to develop my own style as a presenter, both in classrooms and planetariums, and I am pleased to be able to continue doing this alongside my PhD research.

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The Experience of ‘Work Experience’ at MSSL

Some of the work experience students doing project work in the MSSL gardens. Photo credit: MSSL/Martin de la Nougerede

Some of the work experience students doing project work in the MSSL gardens. Photo credit: MSSL/Martin de la Nougerede

Last month MSSL (where I work) hosted 19 students (mostly 17-18 year olds) for a week of work experience. They had all contacted us themselves to see if they could find out what working in astronomy and space science is really like, so a group of PhD students (including me, and led by Will Dunn) decided to run one week of workshops, talks and project work for them.

MSSL has 100-150 people on site every day, all working in a huge number of areas connected to space. We have the ‘science’ groups, including astrophysics, solar, space plasma, and planetary science as well as the ‘engineering’ groups, including cryogenics, imaging, electronic and mechanical engineering, plus people in various groups who are well experienced in developing and managing space missions. To allow the students to experience as much of this as possible in only one week we developed a workshop for each of Mon-Thurs mornings based on one of the science groups, and those afternoons were given over to group project work. Interspersed throughout the days were talks and Q&A sessions with many of the scientists and engineers who work here.

Group photo of the work experience students. Photo credit: MSSL/Martin de la Nougerede

Group photo of the work experience students. Photo credit: MSSL/Martin de la Nougerede

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